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For the past nine years, Brasil Arts Cafe in Santa Barbara has served as both a restaurant and community center.
Now, it’s the latest State Street hangout to close its doors.
Brasil Arts Cafe at 1230 State St. will close for good on Sunday with an 11 a.m. West African class, live drumming and Capoeira demonstration, then a 2 p.m. live Brazilian Music with Teka performance.
“It is a very hard decision,” owner Tony Yoshimi said. “It’s very heartbreaking, but we really enjoyed these nine years here.”
Yoshimi said he is leaving the space for financial reasons.
The Brasil Arts Cafe doubled as a musical and performance venue and included a 1,200-square-foot studio that hosts dance companies such as Vanessa Isaac’s Hip Brazil and Samba School, Panzumo, La Boheme Dance Troupe, Hip Hop with Harout, West African Dance with Leida, Capoeira Sul da Bahia, Zumba with Brady Hill and others.
Yoshimi said owning the restaurant has been “fun.”
“I am so happy for the community that we share a little bit of my culture,” Yoshimi said.
The restaurant served authentic, home-cooked Brazilian food, drinks and acai bowls.
“We are not moving to a new spot just yet,” said Yoshimi, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Jennifer. “We will see what the future holds.”
Originally from Sao Paolo, Yoshimi moved to Santa Barbara 22 years ago.
“I came to study English and surf, and still surfing,” Yoshimi said.
Make that 11?
Just what we were asking for, right? Another Starbucks.
The latest Starbucks to open on the South Coast is in a popular spot, and one of the most sought-after real estate locations in the city: the corner of State and De la Vina streets in Santa Barbara.
It replaces the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which previously occupied the space.
There could be more, and certainly more are to come.
Blue Water Hunter Expands
Blue Water Hunter is expanding its list of products and services to saltwater fishing targeting local species such as rockfish, white sea bass, halibut and bluefin tuna.
Blue Water Hunter, at 117 Harbor Way, Suite D, has provided scuba diving and freediving equipment to the Santa Barbara community since 1967.
Owner Jethro Acosta has teamed up with Owen Scheid to bring “a comprehensive full-service fishing store at the Santa Barbara Harbor,” according to a news release.
“We will offer a full selection of saltwater fishing gear from custom rod wrapping and repair to the most sought after fishing gear in the industry,” the news release states.
Scheid is a custom rod manufacturerr and founder of Steady Drift Rod. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, he brings 25 years of experience fishing local and offshore waters up and down the West Coast, the news release states.
Acosta, a diver and ocean lover, purchased Blue Water Hunter in October 2019. He has been scuba and freediving the Channel Islands for more than 35 years.
Acosta started his ocean-oriented career working at Trilogy Excursions in Maui, where he would teach guests, many who were seeing the ocean for the first time, how to snorkel in the tide pools of Hulopoʻe Beach in Lania, according to the news release.
Blue Water Hunter vendors include Daiwa, Seeker, Big Hammer, Izerline, Tady Lures, Hook up bates, Owner Hooks, Goldstar, War Baits and Kicker Jig, and the company offers fresh frozen bait (anchovies, sardines, squid and muscles).
New Place to Sweat
Spotted: Planet Fitness appears headed for the Hollister Village Plaza.
A sign reading “Planet Fitness Coming Soon” was spotted by a BizHawk reader, at the former Itsuki Japanese restaurant.
BizHawk has previously reported that IHOP is also headed to the area, although the opening is unknown.